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VASSP Leadership
(Bottom L-R) Dr. David Ellena, Mike Pflugrath, Debbie Harris, Dr. Mike Kelly, Dr. Lisa Coons, Dr. Randy Barrack, Katie Werner, Don Vale, Shawn DeRose, Dr. Tim Healey. (Top L-R) Dr. Doug Fulton, Dr. John Ringstaff, Dr. Travis Burns, Dr. Brain Fellows, Dr. Herman Mizell, Carolyn Bernard, Dr. Melanie Patterson, Jennifer Bolling, Dr. Carol Robinson, Tim Beatty.

Founded in 1906, and incorporated in the Commonwealth of Virginia in 1974, the Virginia Association of Secondary School Principals (VASSP) is the statewide advocacy and outreach professional organization for school principals and assistant principals. In addition to our mission statement and vision statement, the VASSP bylaws state that the object of the association shall be educational, charitable, and fraternal, and committed to the improvement of secondary education, i.e. middle, junior high, intermediate, high school, combined, and vocational.

VASSP is a unified affiliate of the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) and offers membership to practicing secondary school administrators. It is governed by a 16-member Board of Directors of which nine directors represent established geographical regions in the state.

A Division of Student Leadership Services was created, by VASSP, in 1994 to foster the leadership learning of Virginia’s youth. VASSP sponsors three major statewide leadership learning organizations through the DSL: Virginia Student Councils Association (VSCA), Virginia Association of Honor Societies (VAHS), and Virginia Association of Student Activity Advisers (VASAA).

Mission Statement

The mission of the Virginia Association of Secondary School Principals, Inc. is to assist school principals and assistant principals in providing leadership to their schools and communities for the purpose of improving the education of Virginia’s youth.

Vision Statement

The vision of the Virginia Association of Secondary School Principals, Inc. is to be the commonwealth’s foremost authority in school leadership of Virginia’s youth.